Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Managing Risk Factors in Kinship Care

Video training series: Supporting kinship caregivers As the number of kinship caregivers increases for children in foster care and more child welfare jurisdictions adopt a “kin first” placement practice, the need to provide specialized support for relatives is becoming even more crucial. These relatives are doing what families have always done — caring for their own. However, with the added … Read More

“The Face of Kinship Care” Documentary

About the Film:  The Face of Kinship Care portrays the compelling and inspiring stories of three kinship families and the love and devotion they show to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each grandparent caregiver works every day, around the clock, with little recognition and support, to succeed at one of the most difficult yet most important jobs in the world: parenting. … Read More

NY and the 2017 GrandRally in Washington D. C. – May 10, 2017

The Fifth National GrandRally is fast approaching! This event, held in Washington DC on May 10, 2017, is an opportunity for grandparents, relative caregivers, and kinship advocates to come together to recognize the importance of kinship care in our country.  It is also an excellent opportunity for people to meet with legislators to educate on kinship care and the importance … Read More

February 28th – Kinship Care Education and Advocacy Day in Albany

On February 28th, over 25 service providers and caregivers visited the legislative office building in Albany, NY to  to discuss kinship issues in New York State with the legislature, and a  to recognize the indispensable work of caregivers and professionals for the children in care. Collectively, the group met with over fifteen senators and assembly members, speaking out about the … Read More

Tax Fact Sheet Updated for 2016

As we ease into February, working caregivers will note that their W-2’s are arriving, and those that pay for childcare for the children in their care are seeing statements from daycare.  It’s tax time.  Here at the NYS Navigator, we provide information on the most common Child Tax Credits taken by caregivers – both federally and in New York State. … Read More

“Tawk” to us!

As 2017 progresses, KN looks forward to expanding its services and reaching out to more families in need.  Our staff met in Syracuse, NY last week to review our 2017 plan – we are excited to roll out several new ideas, including a quarterly newsletter, new conferences, partnerships, and website features.  If you would like to receive our quarterly newsletter, … Read More

Welcome 2017!

Happy New Year from the NYS Kinship Navigator!  We are excited to continue serving our hardworking caregivers in NYS – at last estimate, over 200,000 kinship families are currently residents of NYS.  In 2017, we look forward to providing you with the same services you have come to rely on – access to a kinship specialist via phone Monday-Friday, an … Read More

September Is Kinship Care Month: Celebrating Families When Children Live With Kin

Kinship care, as it’s commonly called, refers to caregiver grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, adult siblings and even family friends. Nationally, more than 2.7 million children live with relatives.  New York has more than 200,000 children living full time with kin.  Over 8,000 of these families reside in Monroe County. Kinship advocates constantly talk about the near sainthood of caregivers. Imagine … Read More

September Is Kinship Care Month in New York State: Celebration September 8, Albany NY Press Release

September Is Kinship Care Month in New York State: Celebration September 8, Albany NY For Immediate Release Contact: Gerard Wallace, Esq. Director, NYS Kinship Navigator September 7, 2016 gwallace@albany.edu // (845) 594-6398 Event:  Celebration of Kinship Care Month Luncheon and Awards Location:  Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY Time:  11:30am – 1:30 pm This September … Read More

Monthly Kinship Webinar – Join Us September 6 at 10am!

Introduction to Kinship Care:  Special Challenges and Legal Obstacles Join the Kinship Navigator Director and Staff for An Online Presentation! When: September 6, 2016 at 10am Log in Information: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/666465805 You can also dial in using your phone. United States +1 (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 666-465-805 First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: http://help.citrix.com/getready This webinar is presented once a month.  It … Read More